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COOKE, Maeve. Truth in narrative fiction: Kafka, Adorno and beyond.Traducido porRocío Hernández López. Sig. Fil [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.34, pp.122-144. ISSN 1665-1324.

Narrative fiction has the power to unsettle our deep-seated intuitions and expectations about what it means to live an ethically good life, and the kind of society that best facilitates this. Sometimes its disruptive power is disclosive, leading to an ethically significant shift in perception. I contend that the disruptive and disclosive powers of narrative fiction constitute a potential for ethical knowledge. I construe ethical knowledge as a learning process, oriented by a concern for truth, which involves the rational agency and affective engagement of an embodied human subject. For the purposes of showing this, I engage critically with Adorno’s reading of Kafka, using Kafka’s story “In the Penal Colony” to challenge Adorno’s analysis.

Palabras llave : ethical learning; fiction; truth; Adorno; Kafka.

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